Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 2/21/2014

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure is BACK! (Hopefully. I’m taking things day-by-day.)

We’re jumping back into the swing of things with a brand new guilty pleasure. Green Ginger Tea from Tazo Tea.

Mug of Tazo Green Ginger Tea

My new obsession, Tazo Green Ginger Tea

I have absolutely fallen in love with this tea. Now, I am not a big tea drinker, hot or iced. But I was introduced to chi lattes at a certain coffee chain (I don’t drink coffee either, I just go there for the tea…and for chocolate chip banana coffee cake, it goes great with the chi tea) and have slowly been developing a liking for it. Very slowly.

I decided I wanted to try ginger tea because I’ve been hearing so much about it being good for inflammation, with all the inflammation I’ve been having I figure it couldn’t hurt. I also heard that it was good for digestion and a bunch of other things. Okay, I heard a lot of this from Dr. Oz, one of my youngest daughter’s favorite TV shows. The idea that a little tea could double as an anti-inflammatory and help with a slew of Spoonie and Chronic Babe type issues seemed worth checking out.

While ginger tea was on the shopping list, I wasn’t necessarily looking for Tazo tea. I was looking for Tazo chi tea and when I got to the store there was a 2 for something like $7 special on Tazo, and since they had the ginger tea I thought why not. Tazo is definitely more expensive than some of the other brands, but in my limited tea experience, you get a little stronger and more flavorful tea for the price. Since I don’t drink a lot of tea it seemed like a worth while investment.

This tea has a really great flavor. I was worried that it was be…I don’t know sort of bitter or hot because of the ginger. But it’s got this great tiny touch of heat to it that warms you from the inside out. It’s green tea so it doesn’t have the strong tea taste that I don’t like and it doesn’t have a lot of caffeine. The description says that there’s pear flavor in it, but I don’t really taste it. I put honey in mine, but that has a lot to do with first making it when I was getting over a cold and the honey helping with the sore throat.

So check it Tazo Green Ginger tea if you like tea. If you don’t like tea you might want to check it out too. It’s really yummy.

Thanks for sticking around and checking out my Guilty Pleasures. If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

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Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 10/25/2013

First, thanks everyone for understanding about last week’s post not happening and the award nominations. This is the first time we’ve totaled a car, and with our current financial predicament, it’s all a bit over whelming. I’m sure there’s at least one more blog post on the whole thing looming, but thank you again for your support and understanding.

This week’s Guilty Pleasure is a brand new television show in Comedy Central@midnight.

@midnight with photograph of Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick is hosting this week’s Guilty Pleasure, @midnight!

@midnight, host Chris Hardwick, AKA The Nerdist (some of you may remember him from a dating show he hosted with Jenny McCarthy on MTV when back when they still played music videos), leads three celebrities contestants through a social media rabbit hole to see who has the funniest take on today’s pop culture. Four episodes have aired so far and it is hysterical, truly laugh out loud funny.

This is another one of those shows that you don’t necessarily watch with the kids. There’s strong language and adult themes, and frankly that’s part of the joy of it. It’s just so wrong sometimes it’s right.

The show airs Monday through Thursday at, you guessed it, midnight. I highly recommend it. Follow on Twitter to play along at home – it’s kind of like having the exciting home version of the game right there in your hand. For my Chronic Babe and Spoonie friends, this is the kind of show that will give you a good giggle and distract you a little bit while you’re laying there wishing you could fall asleep.

So that’s two big thumbs up for @midnight and a big recommendation for you to tune in.

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Post…

English: A white-tailed deer

Sure it looks cute here, but not on the road at midnight! English: A white-tailed deer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Late last night my husband had a rather violent meeting with a deer while on the way home from work. My husband seems to have made it through in one piece, but the same cannot be said for either the deer or the car. As a matter of fact, it sounds like both were totaled.

Needless to say this has thrown a bit of a wrench in my editorial schedule with the calls to insurance companies and body shops and all the other things that go with excitement like this. So, fair warning, tomorrow’s regularly scheduled Guilty Pleasures post may be late, or may be overtaken by events.

I apologize of any inconvenience this may cause. Please address any concerns or complaints in care of Bambi.

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 9/27/2013

I’m going to go back to the idea that when you look good you feel good for this week’s Guilty Pleasure – Dry Shampoo.

Can of Dove Dry Shampoo on windowsill

Dove Dry Shampoo Is my favorite so far. It’s not a necessity, but it’s close.

Anyone whose life gets crazy busy from once in a while can appreciate the benefits of a product that can refresh your hair without having to wash it. But for anyone with an illness where pain, fatigue, stiffness or mobility problems makes washing your hair on a daily basis a nearly impossible task, dry shampoo can be a life saver.

I can remember my older cousins using dry shampoo years ago, and it was less than appealing. Today’s dry shampoos nothing like those. I’m not going to go into all detail about what it does and how it works. The basic concept is that it absorbs oils, while it adds volume and light fragrance.

You can get them for any hair type or texture. There are sprays that are dry and some that make your hair a little damp. My best suggestion is to do a little research. Chances are your favorite magazine or website has tested dry shampoos or done a survey of readers on them and can offer some great insight.

My personal favorite is from Dove. It’s affordable and works great. Some people may not think of dry shampoo as a guilty pleasure, but when you’re living on a tight budget and have to make every penny count anything that isn’t a necessity is a guilty pleasure. Dry shampoo isn’t a necessity (yet), but it’s getting there.

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear i ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure for 9/20/2013

Nutella

Nutella (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am sticking with food for this week’s Guilty Pleasure, and it is one of my biggest – Nutella!

Chocolately. Hazelnutty. Gooey. Yummy….and as I am sure many of you will agree, highly addictive.

Nuttella goes with just about everything. Pretzels dipped in Nuttela? Amazing. Nutella and bananas? Unbelievable. Nuttella on warm toast? One of the best things I found for settling my stomach when meds are messing with it. Nutella hot chocolate? Warm velvety heaven in a mug. About the only thing I don’t love it on is straight-up on ice-cream, maybe mixed as some sort of sauce, but just scooped out and slathered on top it just doesn’t work for me.

What makes it a guilty pleasure and not just a pleasure? The price! Nutella is like chocolate gold or something. The last jar my husband bough cost almost $7, and this is in a location where the cost of living and things in general is a lot lower than where we lived just a few months ago. I have no idea what makes it so expensive….Specially trained woodland creatures who travel deep into the forest in search of just the right hazelnuts? Fairies who actually secretly collect kisses from babies to blend in with chocolate during the final step of the mixing process? I don’t know, but whatever it is, it must be spectacular!

I’ll admit that we have tried a few of the other brands of chocolate hazelnut spread knock-offs who are trying to weasel in to the Nutella craze but they are much less expense. Let me tell you my friends, they taste it! I’ve told my husband we could switch, but first let’s try rationing it. Limiting our intake to one piece of toast daily, or only eating once every several days if it’s used for hot chocolate or a sauce.

The healthy student's breakfast: a banana with...

The healthy student’s breakfast: a banana with Nutella…I wonder how many bananas you need for 5 tons of Nutella… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nutella is in such demand that someone went so far as steal it. A lot of it. A. LOT. 5 metric tons of the stuff as a matter of fact. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nutella, but not 5 metric tons worth! And what would you do with it all? I would think it would take even the hungriest of teenage boys and a Sorority facing a string of break-ups during mid-terms more than a few days to eat the evidence, so where would you put it? And like I said, the gooey confection is worth its weight in gold – you could just about retire if you sold it! So where the heck is it? If one of my tens of loyal readers happens to be the Nutella Bandits, I admire your creativity and your hutzpah. Should you ever want to send me a chocolate hazelnut gift, you know how to reach me.

How many Nutella lovers do I have out there? How do you like to eat it? I only mentioned a few of my favorite, there are a ton of different ways to bake with it (I have pinned so many cookie recipes to try that I think I need to take out a personal loan to pay for all the Nutella – or find that stolen stash!). Share some of your favorites in the comment section below.

If you have an idea for next week’s Guilty Pleasure – or if you would like to be the special Guest Blogger and write next week’s Guilty Pleasure post, drop me a line here! I would LOVE to hear your ideas. Especially all you Spoonies and Chronic Babes – what are the those little guilty pleasures that make the bad days a little better? Let’s share and help each other!

Friday’s Guilty Pleasure – Ice Cream

Maybe it’s predictable. Maybe it’s a guilty pleasure for a lot of people. But, one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures is ice cream. Specifically vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup. Simple. Elegant. Yummy.

Vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce in blue bowl

Ice cream is one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

I’m not going as far as a sundae. (If we’re talking sundaes I have to go with the hot fudge sundae.) I’m talking about dish of ice cream for medicinal purposes. You know what I mean, after a rough day a little ice cream can make the world a much better place. It’s one of the greatest pick-me-ups there is!

My love of ice cream goes way back. I started eating it at night with my Dad when I was a little girl and it’s a habit I carry on today. I only eat a tiny serving, just enough for taking meds with (unless it’s been a really bad day), with just a little chocolate sauce (or more than just a little if it was a bad day).

I don’t have many vices. I’ve never smoked, I rarely drank and now with all the medications I can’t drink. Ice cream and Coca-Cola are my vices (Coke is another guilty pleasure for another time!). I think like any other guilty pleasure, as long as you don’t go insane constantly then it’s ok. A lot of people may not agree. And that’s ok too.

The way I look at it, one of the purposes of a guilty pleasure is make you feel better. There are so many things about chronic illness that make you feel bad physically and emotionally that if a couple of ounces of ice cream and chocolate make you feel a little better, a little more normal, a little more like you can face the world then it’s a good thing.

So what are your food guilty pleasures? Not necessarily comfort foods, but that something you know you probably shouldn’t eat but you just can’t help it. I’d love to hear about it below!

If you have an idea for a guilty pleasure post, or if you’d like to guest write a guilty pleasure post, drop me a line here and let me know what you’d like to do!